They arrived about a half hour ago. I opened one just to check to make sure they looked OK.
With me being a Senior Manufacturing Engineer that does project planning, CNC programming and tool design for the aircraft industry for jet engine and aircraft components and the the automotive industry I've grown to be a detail oriented person for quality. My first quick examination of the speaker I noticed that everything for the most part visually looked OK except for on the bottom flat surface where I saw 3 small indentations about .030 t0 .035 of inch in diameter and maybe one smaller one about .020 in diameter and one groove about .010 deep and perhaps .375 long. These defects do not look like something that could have happened in transport since the speaker was packaged inside a soft cotton 'bag' which is inside the plastic wrapper and then tightly packed with the styrofoam inserts on each end. There were also cardboard shims to prevent movement on three sides. I did not see anything loose that could have caused that to occur from bouncing around.
The indentations certainly will not effect the sound quality. I want to bet that is the only thing wrong with the speaker. Everything else looks like there aren't assembly errors or damage to any of the other speaker or electronic components.
Since the indentations are on the bottom surface which will be sitting on the speaker stands they wont be visible. additionally I image if I got a woodworkers 'touch up' crayon from Home Depot I could fill them in and I imagine they will be become virtually invisible.
Thanks to working in this industry my OCD disorder regarding things like this has become amplified. I wish I would have persued are career that utilized my creative side more than my analytical side.
Is this the type of thing that may be why the parts are sold on eBay?
My plan, once I got the speaker stands which more than likely will be the Sanus Ultimates, is to find some type of a gel padding perhaps an 1/8" thick cut to the shape of the stands top plate shape to place the speakers on. I am not planning on 'bolting' them to the stand. I don't think I need to considering the stand is supposedly very sturdy and the weight of the speaker should hold it in place with the gel pad's qualities to prevent it from sliding or bouncing (i hope) on the stand. If there is another preferred way to locate and hold the speakers on the stands please let me know.